Germany: A Global Partner / Innovation and Excellence

United Nations, European Union and Afghanistan: the current issue of .de – Magazin Deutschland reports on Germany’s foreign policy engagement and the country’s role as a global partner. In an interview, Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle emphasizes Germany’s special responsibility for the European Union and speaks about the EU’s new financial policy stability and the goal of a political union in Europe. After Germany’s first year as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council the German ambassador to the United Nations, Peter Wittig, presents a half-time summary of German involvement. At the Afghanistan Conference in Bonn in December 2011 the international community defined the course for international involvement in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of combat troops at the end of 2014.

Zukunftstechnologie Bionik: Die bionische Qualle "Air Jelly" des deutschen Technologiekonzerns Festo gleitet ferngesteuert durch die Luft. Увеличаване на снимка (© Festo AG) The current issue of .de also takes a look into the future by examining the very latest research and technology trends. In an exclusive feature on “Innovation and Excellence” four Nobel laureates from Germany outline what tomorrow’s research can achieve. “Inventing the Future” is the heading for an article that introduces six research areas – environmental technology, medical technology, mechanical engineering, bionics, vehicle technology and nanotechnology – in which Germany leads the world. .de also profiles one of Germany’s leading technology companies, the Siemens Group, which has constantly reinvented itself and is now increasingly relying on green technologies.

The current issue of .de also includes a portrait of the great German painter Gerhard Richter, who celebrates his 80th birthday in 2012, and a journey of discovery to Kassel, where the art world meets again this year for the documenta exhibition.

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Germany: A Global Partner / Innovation and Excellence

Afghanistan conference - Arrival of Hamid Karsai